Season 16 Week 1

I think many of you read Missy’s heartfelt goodbye on Friday. I know it was a hard decision for her to move on and I am so grateful that she trusted me enough with “her baby” here to let me keep it going…

Since I am new to most of you, I thought I would take just a minute before we get down to business to introduce myself. Soo, ummm, hi. My name is Tauni.

By day I am a social media consultant and by night I am a blogger (and sometime crafter). I do have a blog that I update almost daily and I also run a fun social media conference for craft and DIY bloggers called SNAP! I share my spare time with three great boys and their Dad.

Missy has done a phenomenal job of creating and growing this site and I anticipate running things the same way, with a few tweaks here and there.

With all that said, let’s get on with the show!

This week’s theme was “paint” and man did these girls do a fabulous job, so take a look and before you leave, make sure to vote (at the end of the post) for your favorite!

Craft #1 – Painted Flour Sack Towel Skirt

I really wanted to title this project “Girl’s Ombre Chevron Painted Flour Sack Tea Towel Skirt”, but I was pretty sure that would be a little too long.  That pretty much sums it up though.

This skirt is made out of a flour sack tea towel (think the ones that grandma used to embroider on).  Using a tea towel keeps sewing to a minimum since you don’t have to hem it!  Sweet!  I found the idea to use a flour sack towel on this post here at Filth Wizardry.  I taped on a chevron pattern and painted it with turquoise fabric paint that I mixed with white to create an ombre effect.

Comfortable, cheap, easy, and cute!  A lady even asked me where I got the adorable chevron fabric.  She was shocked when I told her how I made it.  Best compliment I could get!

Craft #2 – A Toolbox For My Boys

Paint has to be the medium I am the least confident in using. I have been wracking my brain on what to do with paint since Missy told us our categories. I was stumped, until I found this AWESOME tool box for $3 at an estate sale a couple weekends ago…

It had my sons names written all over it, just look under all the rust! My boys love to “help” their daddy fix stuff so of course they need a tool box 🙂

I brought it home and sanded it with some 3M stripping pads, to remove the rust and old paint and to smooth the surface. Then I shook up the spray paint and got to painting…


I just realized that I cannot show you a picture of the front of the toolbox because I made a new logo with my boys’ initials on it. The initials might give away who I am so if you vote for this toolbox you will see the logo on my blog at a later date 🙂

This was my first big spray painting project. I was super nervous to tackle it but I am LOVING the way this tool box has burst back to life!!! My boys were SO EXCITED when I gave it to them, and really, that is all that matters in the end! 🙂

Craft #3 – Shell Jewelry

Shell Collage 1

For the Paint theme I wanted a fun craft that everyone could make at home so I decided to transform pebbles and shells into wearable jewellery.

I am in love with corals, mint and navy for this summer’s wardrobe so I had a good rummage through my nail polish collection to find colours that matched.

I spent a lovely afternoon wandering up and down the beach looking for perfect shells. I then got rather overwhelmed and carried away by a gravel pathway until I had a huge bag weighted down with pebbles. After giving them all a soapy bath I hunted out some ring fittings and badge fasteners.

Paint collage 3

I began painting my collection in different colour combinations. I painted them in stages letting each coat dry before laying with another colour or adding decorative touches. I also painted the jewellery fittings so that they blended in or stood out in fun contrast. Once dry I superglued the pebbles and shells to my fittings. I used a standard all-purpose superglue which if left untouched for an hour or so bonded them perfectly (initially I was too impatient and tried the rings on after 5 minutes and then nearly glued my fingers together as I grabbed the falling shell!).

The great thing about nail polish is that the brushes are the perfect size for such small items and it leaves a beautiful enamel gloss finish. Plus, at the end I could also paint my nails to match! Finally, I accessorised my outfit with my favourite fun, unique pieces of jewellery. Here are a few: (I got carried away and made so many!)

Shell Final 2

The world was my oyster *cringe* (sorry. Couldn’t resist!)

Craft #4 – Oil Painter

It’s true I wish I could say I am the best painter in the world, but much to my dismay I am not.  I, however, love the look of oil painting, but am petrified of actually attempting it. So, this week I went for it, I became an OIL PAINTER…kind of!

Here’s the scoop {some of it} I combined my love for transferring photos to wood with a cool free photo website added some paint to give it my own spin and ta-dah… I AM a painter!!

All the necessary supplies…
The photo on the LEFT is the original photo and the photo on RIGHT is my hand painted version
My guy has now requested I do more paintings for the house–SUCCESS! P.S. this is not my puppy, but he is pretty precious!
The final tutorial will give you all the insider tips and the step by step instructions on How to be an Overnight Van Gogh!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Craft #5 – The Fabric Hutch

Squeal!  When I saw that the topic for the first week was “paint”, I was so excited because furniture painting is right up my alley.  I love how you can take an old, discarded piece and turn it into something wonderful with just a little paint and imagination.
There was a hutch on Craigslist that was old and outdated, but I just knew it had potential to be the perfect piece for my sewing studio.  I can’t wait to fill this baby up with all of my sewing paraphernalia.
You can see below that I used paint, fabric, and new hardware to turn the dark oak china hutch into a fabulous open shelving bookcase.
I used Amy Butler fabric (swoon) to line the back for the stunning pop of color.  And guess what??  The fabric is completely removable and reusable because I created a paste out of cornstarch (tutorial to come soon!).  So, not only can I switch it up whenever I want, it won’t waste precious fabric.
I also removed the doors, painted the entire thing a gorgeous aqua, and switched out the dated hardware.  It doesn’t even look like the same piece!
For a fun feature, I lined the drawers with a floral Moda fabric using the same removable paste.  No fabric was harmed in the creation of this piece 🙂
So stinking adorable… am I right?
I almost want to paint every piece of furniture in my house this color, but I don’t think my husband will go for that.  Men.  

Craft #6 – Mason Jar Candle Holder

Paint was the only thing I could think of since I found out the themes. I kept thinking and thinking and thinking but really nothing was coming to me as far as what to do with paint… Then I thought well Father’s Day is coming up is there anything I can make using paint that he would enjoy.

jar collage

So I found a mason jar that was hiding in a corner of my craft space and pulled out some enamel paint and got to work.

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My dad loves fishing so why not make it fishing themed and I finished it off with some shells and a candle inside for a custom candle holder.

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Here is hoping you all love it as much as I do!

Craft #7 – Polish-Painted Chain Bracelets


For this week’s challenge, I wanted to interpret the theme of “paint” in a really creative way. I’d seen lots of examples of people painting inexpensive costume “gemstone” jewelry with nail polish, but I had been thinking of actually painting chain. And so I did!


Using a large size chain so that I could paint each link individually, I first painted one with a single color of nail polish. I swear, I didn’t realize it was going to match my pants so perfectly! Then, I painted another chain with a repeating pattern of three different colors. It was much more difficult to paint the pattern, since you had to make sure that the paint on each link didn’t get on the adjacent link. But I love the way it looks! You could do ombre or any other pattern that you can dream up.



Hope you enjoy!

Craft #8 – Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

Hey everyone! Thanks to all of you who voted for me last week. I am so excited to be back this week. When Missy told us the theme was going to be paint I knew exactly what I wanted to do. You see a while back I saw this really cute lamp at Target but it was way too big for where I wanted it to go. But after seeing it I knew I wanted a lamp with this idea. So for this project I decided to make an ombre painted bottle lamp.

Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

I started with a clear bottle. Since my bottle is small I decided three different shades would be best. My first shade went from the top the to curve in the bottle. Then my second shade was about half the base of the bottle and my third shade was the bottom half of the bottle. I mixed up my paint for painting the glass and used a foam brush to paint the bottle.

Ombre Painting

When I was done painting it I put in the pieces to make the lamp. Then I ran into my issue, I haven’t shared this detail with anyone other than people in my house and Missy up to this point, but I thought this project was about to be my biggest craft failure ever. Do you have any idea how hard it has been to not talk about it?? I was sooooo stressed. I had two days till time to submit my project to Missy and I absolutely hated the shade. Not only did I hate the shade but this was the second shade I had bought. The first one I quickly decided was not going to work so I took it back and got a different one. I let one of my children pick it out, I didn’t really make sure it fit the lamp the way it needed to and after I decorated the shade I hated it. I not only hated the way it fit but I hated the way it look. So after several hours of being upset, trying to come up with something different that I could pull together in two days I decided to take my lamp and my children and go back to the craft store. Lucky for me my children care as much about this competition as I do so it was important to them too and they didn’t complain (too much).

Now I have a lamp shade that I love with a ombre painted bottle lamp that I love. I can’t wait to finish up the area it is going in and see how it looks there. I hope you like my lamp as much as I do.

Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

Craft #8 – Dr. Seuss Artwork

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My kids have to start sharing a bathroom. That means I have to change it to something that will work for both a boy and girl. The only thing my two kiddos could agree on was fish. Is fish the most original idea? Probably not, but you can’t argue with kids that are finally agreeing and not fighting.

I needed something that I could hang on the wall above their towel hooks. I decided to make them a sign. I knew right away what I wanted it to say. I went with: “one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish”. My oldest kiddo LOVES to read stories to my littlest kiddo. Dr. Seuss books are 9 times out of 10 the books they are reading. I think it’s the perfect saying to show something they love to do together.

wood collage

Almost all the supplies I needed were things we already had around the house. The wood was leftovers in my hubby’s scrap pile, the vinyl I’ve had on hand for months, the metal piece on the back was also in the hubby’s scrap pile. The only thing I had to buy was blue craft paint (go figure it ran out before I finished the first coat).


This weeks challenge for sure gave me the push to get going on the kiddos bathroom. I’m so pleased with how this turned out!

If you’re counting, you’ll notice that one of our crafters had to drop out of the competition to take care of some personal issues. That means we will only have nine crafters competing this season. I know that they are all working hard behind the scenes to get their projects for week two underway, so let’s give them a vote of confidence shall we?

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The Bittersweet Day Has Arrived

I know I’ve shared this before, but I started SYTYC as a way to distract myself from the depression I was suffering after my first miscarriage.  Abi was a baby that loved her sleep and did it all the time so I had hours to just sit and dwell.  I discovered this crazy DIY world online and it changed my life.

In August of 2009 I was brand new to the blogging world and only knew of about 12 DIY blogs at the time.  But, in a move VERY uncharacteristic of myself, I decided to email them all and pitch this crazy idea. I was shocked when 10 were happy and excited to jump on board!  Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it would grow like it has.  In the past (almost) 4 years I have meet over 150 crazy talented ladies and been able to share their talent with all of you in a fun unique way (if I do say so myself 🙂 ).  It has been a soul saving, super fun and just plain amazing time.

But lately I have had too many things on my plate and wasn’t allocating my time the best way for me and my family. I had to make a very very difficult decision about how to fix that.  So a few months ago I made the announcement that I would be selling So You Think You’re Crafty.  It was time for me to pass on the reins of SYTYC to someone else.

Well, I found that “someone.”  And I’m sure a lot of you are already familiar with her.

welcome Tauni

That’s right, Tauni of SNAP! Creativity fame will be running the show from here on out.

I first meet Tauni in an elevator at the JFK airport.  We had just arrived in NYC to attend the 2010 BlogHer conference.  It was my first blogging event and I had made the trip alone. I was totally out of my element, but there was Tauni. She gave me tips and introduced me to a few people that weekend that I had admired from afar and still keep in contact with.  She probably doesn’t even remember all that, but I do.  Since then we’ve meet up at a few other events and she is always one of my first go to’s when I have a question for the experts.  So you are in very fun, happy, creative and capable hands!

I’ll still be around the blogging world and would love for you to stay in touch with me.  You can find me over at my blog/shop MissyDear.  It’s been kind of quiet for the last little bit as I got all the loose ends for this transition tied up, but things will be picking up quick now.  I’ve even got a bunch of fun posts lined up and ready to go.  And even better, it’s in the process of getting a whole new look with help from Melissa Esplin!  I honestly just got the logo back last night.  Isn’t it great?  I’m excited to get the new look up on the site.


So please follow along with me over at the MissyDear blog or shop, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest (or all of the above 😉 ).

Thank you so much for your support through the past 4 years.  It really has meant the world to me!

I’m Crafty Party! #48

Welcome to the “I’m Crafty!” party!  Were you inspired to be crafty this week?

The “I’m Crafty” linky party is where you can link up any project you’ve made because I know you all don’t just think you’re crafty, you are crafty! It doesn’t even have to be a new project!

 A few things to remember:

  • Link to a specific post, not your blog in general.
  • Please only post your ideas, not round ups or guest posts.
  • Only link up 2 posts.
  • Think outside the box – a craft, tutorial, recipe, anything you want!
  • Grab the handy dandy button in the side bar (or a text link it you like to keep things simple) and put it on your blog so people know there’s other great stuff linked up here to see.
  • Visit other links and leave them some love – everyone likes appreciation 🙂
  • Join me on Twitter & Facebook.  I’ll be sharing some of my favorites there throughout the week.

Pallet Chair Tutorial

*Pallet Chair Tutorial made by Amber at Craft Me Perfect for the season 15 Wild Card challenge*

This chair is the perfect cozy spot when you just want to relax. So your question is, “How in the world did she make that?” Well, I’m gonna tell you.
You start off with 2 pallets and some extra old boards you might have laying around or you could go buy them. I obviously took this picture after I was finished, so the other pallets are used [Read more…]

Interview with Amber @ Craft Me Perfect {and her great prizes}

Amber was our second runner up this season.  She did a fantastic job each week.  Here is a little bit more about her.


1. Tell us a little about you and your blog.

Craft Me Perfect is a blog all about craft projects I create throughout my life. Many ask where I got the name “Craft Me Perfect”. I know that God is the thing that is perfect, so I strive to be more and more like Him every day of my life. (Even in crafting).

2. How and when did you start crafting?

I have always loved art ever since I could hold a pencil and a paint brush. My favorite class has always been art. In fourth grade I began sewing in 4-H. I will have to admit, it was hard at first, but I quickly learned more about it and loved it so much!! In 2010 I started making cards for my friends and family. This branched off into me starting to scrapbook.

3. How often do you craft?

I craft anytime I get a chance. I love making gifts for my friends and family so that is a perfect time for me to work in a craft project! On average I craft once a week but much more in the summer! I enter over 100 craft items in my local fair every year!

4. Where do you get your inspiration?

Most of my inspiration comes from friends, family, and of course Pinterest! If someone says they need a wedding card then I start brainstorming and sketching ideas. So I guess I also give myself inspiration.

5. What is your favorite medium to work in?

My favorite medium to work with us fabric. You can do so much with fabric whether it’s making fabric flower bouquets or stuffed animals or a skirt.

6. What is your guilty pleasure?

Honeydew melon, ice cream, and chai tea lattes

7. What makes you smile?

Family, Children,  and the Sight of someone genuinely worshipping God

8. What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?

Playing card games with friends and family and shopping of course!

Congrats on runner up Amber!

And here are the prizes she will be receiving from our super cool sponsors.

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Happy Go Lucky” Fat Eight Bundle

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Straight Stitch Society Digital Pattern

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2 ebook patterns

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A Master Collection of patterns

Lucy Baby
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$50 gift card to the Jucy Baby Designs shop

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$50 gift card to the MissyDear Shop

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New Digs for the Drive In {tutorial}

*Tutorial by Heidi at greendoodle for the Wild Card challenge of season 15*

Thank you a million times Missy for hosting.  Thank you readers for your votes.  This has been a liberating (and tiring) couple of months.  Great work Amber, you were a fierce competitor.

Now that this project is over I am very pleased with the outcome (and relieved to be done).  We spent about $300 on supplies and figure we have saved about $2,000.  That being said, it is going to be long time until I attempt this again.
This project was my first time upholstering with vinyl.  I am NO WAY a professional.  My intention is to share how I completed this project and what worked for me.  This is not a tutorial of how you should complete similar projects.
hair dryer- Vinyl is plastic and can not be ironed.  Use the hair dryer to heat the vinyl and make it more pliable when stretching it on your chairs.
double stick tape-  Use tape to hold your pattern piece to your vinyl. DO NOT USE PINS! Also, the tape holds vinyl to itself when sewing.  Makes life much easier.
electric knife- Use to cut your foam.  It makes smooth even cuts.
leather needles- These needles have a small blade to pierce the vinyl.  This helps avoid skipped stitches.
 upholsery needles and heavy thread- for  any hand sewing. (not pictured)
I found this marine grade vinyl at a local (but enormous) fabric store, however [Read more…]

Interview with Heidi @ greendoodle {and her awesome prizes!}

just me

1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.

I have a quiet little blog where  I document bits of creativity mixed with random musings.  Although I don’t see myself as brave, I am fearless when it comes to creating. This outlook can bring great satisfaction or major redirection. You never know (and that is part of the fun).

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I’m not sure.  I don’t remember a time that I didn’t create.

3.How often do you craft?

my best days are days where I create, so I try to make something daily.  That being said, some days all I create is dinner.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

all over… I’m my own kind of crazy.  When I am watching a movie I focus more on the clothes and interior design than the story line.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

fabric, fabric, fabric

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

way too many hot baths.

7.What makes you smile?

a lot of things… the sun peeking out after too many gray days, seeing the world through my kids eyes, finding treasure at the thrift store, and more of the same.

8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?

kiss on my kids.

Congratulations Heidi on finishing first place in this season of SYTYC!!

Thanks to our generous sponsors you will be receiving these fantastic prizes.  All you readers should hop over to their shops and see what other great stuff they have.  While you’re there, drop them a line and thank them for their awesome support 😉 .

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Aqua Nugget Necklace

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Straight Stitch Society Digital Pattern

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Happy Go Lucky” Fat Quarter Bundle

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4 PDF patterns and hardware

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$40 gift card to Kids Sewing

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$25 gift card to Etsy

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And we have a winner!!

Season Winner

Man!  This has been a great season hasn’t it? I have been so impressed by all of the crafters this go around and Amber and Heidi in the finale especially.  You ladies did a fantastic job and I can’t thank you enough! In the end it was Heidi at greendoodle that pulled ahead with her “New Digs for the Drive In.” CONGRATS!!


She was a favorite all season and had quite a few great projects.  Here they are:









So congrats Heidi!  We will get to learn a little more about her and see her fabulous prizes tomorrow so stay tuned for that!